Project Management

Six Agile Practices for the 21st Century

Southern Alberta Chapter

Mike Griffiths is a consultant and trainer who help organizations improve performance through shared leadership, agility and (un)common sense. He maintains the blog LeadingAnswers.com.

As we start 2010, the second decade of the 21st century, project managers really should be embracing 21st century technologies and approaches. While developers and other project members have been benefiting from improved communication and collaboration via new technology in the last 10 years, project managers have been slower to adopt them.
 
The plus side of being a late adopter is that most of the kinks get ironed out before you experience them, and all the features you may need have probably already been developed. So, it’s time to get with it. Perhaps it can be a late New Year’s resolution to at least examine these tools and approaches if you are not already using them on your projects.
 
The World Has Changed: Why Haven’t Your PM Tools and Approaches?
In the last 10 years, many changes have occurred in the world of managing IT projects, yet we still see the same management tools and approaches being employed. Is this because they are classic and timeless? Are the traditional PM approaches so successful that they do not need to be dragged here and there following trends and immature technology fads? No, I fear it is more that people are creatures of habit, and the usually more mature project management community is worse than most at evaluating and adopting new approaches.
 
Also, project management is a largely an individual …

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